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Friday, January 9, 2009

Keys to the courthouse

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 6:24 AM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is right, of course. Rep. Dan Greenberg's bill to allow taxpayers to get a free, quick second opinion from the attorney general's office on Freedom of Information requests would inundate the office with work.

A better solution is readily at hand. Again for the record: Change the law to allow people who prevail in court on FOI request denials to be awarded attorney fees. (No enhanced payments, just cost recovery.) This will open the courthouse to people with valid claims but empty pockets. It won't create a stampede of frivolity. Lawyers will want a chance at recovery before filing suits.

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